A 40-year-old member asked:
herpes type one genitally can be spread only during an outbreak, correct?
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Dr. Arthur Balin answered
46 years experience Dermatology
Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is a virus that you catch from someone who is infected with it. Most transmission occurs when persons shed virus but lack lesions. Usually skin-skin, skin-mucosa contact. Hsv is inactivated promptly at room temperature. Aerosol or fomitic spread unlikely. Infection occurs via inoculation onto susceptible mucosal surface or break in skin.
Answered on Mar 4, 2016
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